Be Safe: Stop on Red
Intersections represent a disproportionate share of public safety problems on roadways. In fact, motorists are more likely to be injured in urban crashes involving red light running than in any other type of motor vehicle accident. Unlike collisions in which drivers have no control of the outcome, those caused by red light running can be prevented.
The Village of Hillside in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is committed to increasing roadway safety, especially at intersections. We are joining a growing number of safety-conscious communities in Illinois, which have installed automated red light enforcement systems. A red light enforcement system has been installed at Southbound Wolf and Cermak, Southbound Mannheim at Roosevelt, Eastbound Roosevelt at Mannheim, Northbound Wolf at Roosevelt, and Westbound Roosevelt at Harrison. Due to significant traffic congestion at these locations, we are confident that this enforcement system will make a life-saving difference.
In order to educate and inform the community about this important safety initiative, we are launching a public awareness campaign,
Be Safe: Stop on Red. Remember, lives depend on it!
On this web site, you will find information, which reinforces the extent of the problem, the automated red light enforcement solution and frequently asked questions and answers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Red Light Running: A Serious and Growing Traffic Safety Problem
- Over 60% of Americans see someone running a red light at least a few times a week
- Over 170,000 crashes, 144,000Â injuries and almost 900 fatalities have been attributed to red light running One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash
- Nationally, the financial cost of crashes caused by red light running is significant, exceeding $14 billion per year Traffic crashes are the single, most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America
- Traffic crashes are the single, most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America
Red Light Cameras: A Proven Solution
- 75% of drivers favor the use of red light camera
- Red light cameras are currently authorized in approximately 50% of the United States
- In the Village of Hillside, an automated red light enforcement system will be installed at Southbound Wolf and Cermak.
Over time, numerous studies suggest that red light cameras can save lives and increase traffic safety by:
- Changing behavior leading to safer driving habits
- Significantly reducing traffic crashes and dangerous driving
- Increasing police officer safety and public safety
The Hillside Police Department compiles statistical information on all intersections equipped with red light enforcement equipment. That statistical information can be found at right.
Red Light Enforcement Locations
Wolf & Cermak
Wolf & Roosevelt
Roosevelt & Mannheim
Roosevelt & Harrison
Red Light Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions
1. Entering an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red.
2. Right Turn on Red – You may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you fail to bring your vehicle to a complete stop – before the white line – before turning right on red (where permissible); you may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you turn right on red where it is expressly prohibited and/or you may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you turn right on red on days and/or during hours prohibited by law (expressly or implicitly).
- The operator of the vehicle was issued a Uniform Citation by a police officer for the same incident as captured by the Red Light Enforcement Camera.
- The violation occurred at a time during which the vehicle or its license plate was reported to a law enforcement agency as having been stolen and the vehicle or license plate had not been recovered by the owner at the time of the alleged violation.
- The vehicle was leased to another, and within sixty (60) calendar days after the citation was mailed to the lessor, lessor submitted to the municipality, the correct name and address of the lessee of the vehicle identified in the violation notice at the time of the alleged violation, together with a copy of the lease agreement, the lessee’s driver’s license number and any additional information that may be required.
- The vehicle was an authorized emergency vehicle or was yielding the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.
- The vehicle was lawfully participating in a funeral procession.
- The facts alleged in the violation notice are inconsistent or do not support a finding that a violation occurred.
- The respondent was not the registered vehicle owner or lessee of the cited vehicle at the time of the violation.
Note: If you are the lessor of the vehicle, you have sixty (60) calendar days from the violation notice date to supply the information required.
To contest in-person, you must check the box next to the “In-Person Hearing” option on the return envelope and on the “Notice of Violation/Liability Stub”, return the citation stub in the self addressed envelope and appear for an administrative hearing at the date and time indicated on the front of the Notice (the location of the hearing can be found on the back of the Notice).
You must contest by the “Contest By” date found on the front of your Violation Notice.